Missouri Hospital Assn. to offer 'Grow Your Own' workforce grants

The Missouri Hospital Association announced a $2 million investment in a new "Grow Your Own" health care workforce program. Beginning March 1, the MHA Center for Education will accept applications from Missouri hospitals to augment funding for programs that attract and retain talent and that build leadership skills. "Hospitals are encouraged to submit grant applications that reflect the specific needs of their organizations and communities," says Sherlyn A. Hailstone, president of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis and chairwoman of the MHA Workforce Development Advisory Committee. Visit http://web.mhanet.com.

Grant to help improve ties between nurses, social workers

The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and School of Social Work will use an $862,532 Advanced Nursing Education Grant from Health & Human Services to fund research to improve connections between nurses and social workers before they meet in the health care workplace. The funding reflects the growing popularity of interprofessional education and the role social workers and nurses play in treating patients holistically, says grantee Judy LeFlore, professor and interim associate dean for research.

Aid for needy nursing students

The University of North Alabama College of Nursing and Allied Health received a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Health Resources and Services Administration that will pave the way for disadvantaged students, particularly underrepresented minorities, into UNA's new Opportunities for Entry Into Nursing program. The grant will be awarded over a four-year period and will support about 67 scholarships for pre-nursing and nursing majors in its first year, and about 80 scholarships by the fourth year. Scholarships will cover up to nine credit hours for pre-nursing students and up to 15 credit hours for students in the nursing program.